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Kermode Bear

The Kermode Bear, Ursus americanus kermodei, is a genetically-unique subspecies of black bear found in the central coast of British Columbia. The Kermodei subspecies ranges from Princess Royal Island to Prince Rupert Island on the coast, and inland toward Hazelton, British Columbia. It is named after Francis Kermodei, a naturalist and museum curator.

The Kermode bear is noted for the appearance in their gene pool of a recessive trait that gives a small percentage of their population white or cream-colored coats. The white bears are known as spirit bears and have a place in the native mythology of the area.

Kermode Bear


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